Read Psalm 66
Focus on verse 4
Every now and again I come across a statement in the Bible that when I consider what it seems to be saying, and I look around me at the world – and it just does not seem to add up. Verse four in todays Psalm is such a statement. David writes:
All the earth worships you
And sing praises to you;
They sing praises to you name. (Psalm 66:4)
In light of what I am reading and hearing in the news from around the world, I would have to admit that I don’t think this is happening. While I realize that there are pockets of believers in nearly every nation on the globe, it still seems that it might be more accurate to say most of the earth is in rebellion against God, and many of those who are not in rebellion are more or less apathetic towards Him.
I do not know exactly when in David’s lifetime this psalm was written, but it would perhaps make sense if it was written during the pinnacle of David’s reign, when He ruled much of the middle east at the height of the Kingdom of Israel…perhaps at some point between the Bathsheba scandal and the Amnon incident? David’s life really seems to have been somewhat of a rollercoaster ride of highs and lows. This is evident not only in the historical accounts of his life, but also in the variety of moods that are elicited in his poetry.
Was there a time when all the earth worshipped the Lord during David’s reign? I rather doubt it. There may have been a time when it seemed as though all the people of the region around Israel were at least respectful of the God of Israel, but I don’t think it would be accurate to assume that David is literally describing the entire world in this statement. He may however, be making a prophetic statement of a time that is yet to come, when Christ will return, and reign as king. At that time it might be reasonable to expect that all the earth will worship God and sing praises to His name. For those who love and follow Jesus that will be a wonderful day…for those who choose not to follow Jesus…probably not so much. Once again the choice is ours to make.